…from ideation and creation from scratch, to testing and tweaking, I love working with clients on all parts of recipe development and testing!
My favorite thing is heading into one of my three kitchens, (especially my rustic and vintage outdoor cookhouse with my grandma’s double oven stove), where I do my happy dance while playing with food. That is what most makes my heart happy. Whether your needs are for the consumer audience, a cookbook author needing recipe testing assistance, needing recipes created with your value-added products, or as a wholesaler marketing to restaurants, caterers, grocers and others, my experiences cover them all, and it would be my pleasure to get into my kitchen and ​happy dance my skills for you and your products!

Grilled Fish Tacos With Watermelon Pico de Gallo

I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding companies and publications over the years... here are some of them! In addition to creating the recipes below, I propped and styled them too...and photographed those in Carolina Country, including the November  2017 cover!

For 5 years, I was the recipe developer, tester,
​food & prop stylist and contest judge
​for Our State Magazine.
Some of my styling and creations are here!

chilled roasted carrot and ginger soup with honey whipped cream
hoop cheese biscuits

"Wendy is a regular (and valued) contributor to Carolina Country magazine. I learned early on that our readers take food seriously, and our recipes section is hailed as a reader favorite time and time again. I can trust that Wendy's recipes will be accurate, creative and (most importantly) delicious. And her food photography is first-rate! She often pitches great story ideas from around the state -- not necessarily food-related. Her folksy, approachable personality shines through in her feature writing, which always resonates with readers."

Scott Gates ~ Senior Editor

Carolina Country Magazine

Recipe Creation & Testing

chocolate wine and cherry date nut truffles

These days I'm busy creating recipes for Carolina Country Magazine, the monthly publication for all North Carolina Electric CoOp members! 

"Wendy knows her craft very well and is absolutely dedicated to it. She has been instrumental in the success of the Our State recipes photography every month and brings wisdom and creativity to the "table". She is a great addition to your next project."

Matt Hulsman ~ Owner/Photographer


Our State Magazine

corn pudding, cornbread and roasted corn on cob
minty watermelon and cucumber salad

In addition to my monthly recipes, I was asked to feature 4 iconic North Carolina foods and create recipes with each for this holiday food issue.  The companies featured are Krispy Kreme, Bone Suckin Sauce, Neese's Sausage and Mt. Olive Pickles! 

squash blossom pizza

...my OS covers!   most images click to recipe

tomato sandwich do-over

"Wendy is a wonderful recipe developer and food stylist. She has a great "thinking out of the box" attitude and can "see" how things are going to be before they even begin. Wendy has developed recipes using my company's products and has turned out some dishes that were scrumptious; mixing ingredients that I would never have thought to try. She has a terrific personality and can work with anyone. I call on Wendy whenever I am interested in developing new and different products for my business., her creativity is outstanding."

Danielle Baker ~ Owner

Bakers' Southern Traditions Peanuts 


Wendy Perry

culinary adventurist

In addition to monthly recipes, I do some writing and special feature recipes. Search for my recipes there or click image above to my blog (where you can subscribe.)

southern sweet potato colcannon

"Wendy knows how to Wow! With her unique North Carolina themed cakes for Our State magazine, Wendy created 5 truly unique concoctions using local food favorites such as country ham, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, pimento cheese, Nabs and Pepsi. Ham on cake? – you bet when Wendy is in charge – a true original with a passion for food that sizzles, surprises, and is all around sensational."

Amy Wood Pasquini ~ Travel & Event Director

Our State Magazine 

tempura fried squash blossom stuffed with blackberry cheese

"As creative director of Carolina Country magazine, I’m thankful to have the stellar eye and creativity of Wendy Perry as our main recipes contributor/stylist. It’s no small feat to come up with a recipe that tastes delicious and photographs well, but she manages to do both with aplomb."

Tara Verna ~ Creative Director

Carolina Country Magazine

"Wendy does a great job and is always willing to have some fun with our produce! She helps us with a variety of yummy recipes and always includes nice photos for our social media and website.ur paragraph here."

Lee Anne Oxford ~ L&M Produce

fried green tomatoes
all sorts of deviled eggs
new southern seafood platter

These are just a few of the many recipes
I have had fun creating! As you can see,
I can create across the board.
​What might I create for you?

...a few of my recipes at Carolina Country  click image to recipe

green pea tartines
day's end braised beef short ribs with shiitake mushrooms
thanksgiving day leftovers sandwiches
dilly swiss tomato pie

wendy@wendyperry.com    919.404.8526
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watermelon arnold palmer

"I hired Wendy to become or recipe tester for Our State magazine. She did a fantastic job with that but she brought so much more to table. She came to shoots equipped with great props that were perfect for what we were doing which added so much to our final shots. She did so well with that job, that we asked her to invent recipes for North Carolina Specific cakes that we could feature in Our State. I asked for 1 recipe and she came back to me with 6! We ended up using 5 and they were FANTASTIC. We could not have pulled off the N.C. Cake issue without her. Wendy is a hard worker and she went above and beyond for us. She has a stand-out personality. I would recommend her for any recipe tester, prop styling, or food styling job."

Deanne O'Conner ~ Former Art Director

Our State Magazine

Recipes created and/or tested in collaboration with...

I was very excited to have been asked to create, prop, style AND photograph this first ever food cover, since publication began in the 40's. 
Carolina Country Magazine
                  November 2017